Community Norms

We have adopted these community norms in an effort to create and maintain a safer space for marginalized groups including but not limited to disabled people, people of color, LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) people, women, class oppressed people, and any intersection of the above.

This document outlines the following:

  • A set of expectations for attitudes and behaviors which all community participants must agree to
  • A set of accountability processes for responding to bad attitudes and behaviors
  • A set of explanations to create an understanding of why this is important

Expectations

Be an ally.

If you yourself are not a member of a particular marginalized group, be an ally. “Being an ally is not an identity; it is a process.”  to be self-applied and worn about, but rather a process of continually learning new ways to hold yourself and others accountable. This process depends on listening to the people of whom you strive to be an ally, not speaking on their behalf. It involves the constant challenging of one’s own beliefs, biases, internationalization of previous experiences, and resistance to change.

Oppressive behaviors such as hate speech and harassment will not be tolerated. Oppression is any language or action that expresses, reinforces, upholds, or sympathizes with any system of social domination, including, but not limited to ableism, racism, cissexism, heterosexism, misogyny, classism, etc. These can take the form of personal attacks, trolling, baiting, spamming, intimidation, stalking, following, non-consensual photography or recording, repeated interruptions or major disruptions, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and verbal comments related to disability, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, body size, physical appearance, nationality, or religion.

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